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MAYR, S.: Te Deum / MOZART, W.A.: Missa solemnis (Simon Mayr Choir, Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Hauk)

Composer(s):Mayr, Johann SimonMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.570926
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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It is uncertain whether the Missa Solemnis in C major was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or by his father Leopold. Whatever the case, it was extremely popular during the 18th and early 19th centuries, and was performed by Simon Mayr who copied the score around 1802. Mayr’s own festive Te Deum is believed to have been written for Napoleon’s coronation as King of Italy in Milan Cathedral on 26 May 1805. Mayr’s biographer Girolamo Calvi praised this effective work in the highest terms, declaring it a masterpiece.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,July 2010

Simon Mayr is remembered as Mozart’s close friend, credited with completing Wolfgang’s Requiem, K.626 as dictated to Mayr on Mozart’s deathbed. So if there is a similarity of style in Mayr’s beautiful Te Deum, this should come as no surprise. This beautiful and effective work was written for the coronation of Napoleon as king of Italy in 1805 and was very popular at the time, so it’s good to have this excellent recording of it. The Mozart Missa Solemnis is in a style that could well be by either father or son—Koechel did not include it in his catalogue. It could even be a collaboration. Either way, it’s a beautiful work and valuable addition.


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